tv CBS Evening News With Scott Pelley CBS July 30, 2012 6:30pm-7:00pm EDT
>> pelley: tonight the people versus james holmes. the suspect in the theatre massacre hears prosecutors charge him with mass murder. john blackstone was in the court. >> he had a kind of an evil or diabolical presence to him. >> pelley: a new diplomatic dust-up. mitt romney in the middle east says culture makes israelis economically superior to palestinians. jan crawford is with the candidate. syrian rebels hold out against the dictators' army in the ancient city of aleppo, clarissa ward has a rare report from inside syria. >> and george washington slept here. >> this is the roof under which he spent at least half of the american revolution. >> pelley: anthony mason on where the history of the reflution-- revolution will spin the future.
captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. james holmes heard charges today that could cost him his life if he is convicted in the colorado theatre massacre. prosecutors presented well over 100 charges in court today. 12 counts of premeditated murder. one for each of the people who died. and 12 counts of murder with extreme indifference to human life, again one for each of the dead. those charges carry the death penalty. holmes is also charged with 116 counts of attempted murder. two counts for each of the people prosecutors say were injured, two counts each because the prosecutors haven't decided which law they will use at trial. some victims and some relative-- relatives were in the courtroom in centennial colorado and so was john blackstone. john, what did you see? >> scott, well, james holmes
still has orange hair and he looked as if he hasn't shaved since he was arrested. but in court today he showed no emotion. and he stared up at the ceiling. he often opened his eyes very wide for no apparent reason. but he never made eye contact with the victims or their families who were in the courtroom. >> reporter: this was holmes in court last week, the last time we saw him on camera. this time the judge barred cameras from the courtroom. some of those still healing from wounds suffered in the theatre shooting came to the court to see him formally charged. ali garbi whose 16-year-old son suffered a head wound came in search of an answer. >> i want to ask him why he did it. i mean you know, why he did it. >> reporter: but holmes said just one word today. the judge asked if he agreed to waive his right to a preliminary hearing in 35 days. holmes replied "yes" >> he had a kind of an evil or diabolical presence to
him. >> reporter: mary ellen hansen came on behave of her niece ashley moser who was shot in the neck. moser's six-year-old daughter veronica was the youngest person killed. moser was pregnant and had a miscarriage this weekend. >> she's going to be paralyzed from the waist down. and we're hopeful that she will get full use of her arms again. >> she not only lost her daughter, she lost an unborn child as well. >> correct. and her entire life is going to change, completely from that night. >> reporter: the list of charges against holmes is 712 pages long. and could bring life in prison or the death penalty for killing 12 people and wounding 58. >> you want to be in court the next time he shows up. >> absolutely. >> you want to be there for this trial. >> yes, i really do. you know, we have an emotional investment for what he's done to our family. >> reporter: holmes attorneys argument that a notebook he sent to his psychiatrist just before the
shootings is confidential, doctor-patient communication and as such, scott, they argued it that that should be kept out of public view. >> pelley: john, thank you. ten of the wound ready still in the hospital tonight. three of them are in critical condition. >> now to the presidential campaign. mitt romney left controversy in his wake today as he left israel for poland in his first overseas tour as the presump tough republican nominee. his remarm -- remarks angered palestinians and jan crawford is traveling with governor romney. >> reporter: romney's welcome to poland by senior leaders and solidarity legend lech walesa was overshadowed by remarked he made at a fund-raiser which was closed to cameras before he left israel. he told major donors that israeli culture helped explain why they are more economically successful than the neighboring palestinians. you notice a dramatic, stark difference in economic vitality, he said. and that is also between other countries that are
near or next to each other. chile and ecuador, mexico and the united states. culture makes all the difference. and as i come here and i look out over the city and consider the accomplishments of the people of this nation, i recognize the poer with of at least culture an a few other things. romney referring to the work of a prominent harvard historian has repeatedly made similar remarks on the campaign trail. >> culture makes all the difference. not natural resources, not geography, but what people believe and what they value. >> reporter: but that infuriated palestinian leaders who said romney failed to take into account the impact of israel's trade restrictions on the west bank and the gaza strip and the unreliability of the gaza border with egypt. romney also sharply understated the gulf between israel's gdp and that of the palestinians. he said it was $21,000 to 10,000, the world bank says it is 31,000 to 1500.
>> now lech walesa, the famous solidarity leader basically endorsed romney today. he had invited him to poland but scott, the trade union movement distanced itself from romney's visit saying he is supported, attacked on unions back in the united states. >> pelley: thank you. it is the campaign rhetoric here at home that has a lot of americans shaking their heads. the advertising from both campaigns is overwhelmingly negative and very often just plain wrong. based on half truths or lies. we asked nancy cordes to show us what is passing for campaign advertising these days. >> it a scarety time to be a woman. >> reporter: the new ad from the obama campaign implies that a romney presidency would be bad for women. >> romney supports overturning "roe versus wade". >> reporter: it's true that romney opposes abortion. >> i was consistent as governor, as a pro-life governor. >> reporter: but it was this claim in the ad that earned the obama campaign a blistering pants on fire rating from politifact, an
organization which tracks misleading political claims. >> romney backed a bill that outlawed all abortions, even in case of rape and incest. >> reporter: in 2008 romney did back a constitutional amendment that would ban all abortions, but some versions of that proposed legislation included exemptions for rape and incest. and romney has repeatedly said he believes in exemptions for rape, incest or to save the life of the mother. it's far from the first presidential campaign ad to stretch the truth this cycle. just last week the romney campaign took president obama's comments about government's role in building infrastructure out of context. implying he belittled the private sector. >> if you've been successful, you didn't get there on your own. if you've got a business, you didn't build that. somebody else made that happen. >> reporter: here's what the president really said. >> somebody helped to create this unbelievable american
system that we have that allows to you thrive. somebody invested in roads and bridges. if you've got a business, you didn't build that, somebody else made that happen. >> the obama campaign contends it's ad is factual because mr. romney has expressed support for a variety of legislation that would ban all abortions, no e search shuns. scott, it's likely the campaign resurrected this issue because while mr. obama leads among women, mr. romney has been gaining ground recently. >> pelley: nancy cordes at the white house tonight, nancy, thank you very much. in syria, the battle is on for the ancient city of aleppo. it is part of the civil war that started nearly a year and a half ago as a popular uprising against the dictatorship of bashar al-assad. the u.n. says 200,000 people have fled aleppo which has more than 3 million residents, about the size of los angeles. the syrian dictatorship bars reporters from the region
but correspondent charlie d'agata slipped in past the syrian army and we spoke to him earlier today. >> what's clear is that the battle for aleppo is raging on. what is less clear is who's winning. but the rebels did score a victory this morning just northwest of aleppo. they overran a government outpost. and they captured something between 8 and 10 tanks, a lot of trucks with ammunition and weapons desperately needed weapons. now this evening we heard a series of explosions in this area. residents here have suggested that it was in retaliation for overrunning that government outpost. but what we heard from rebel forces, what it was actually was those very tanks being used against the syrian army. >> charlie d'agata inside syria as we mentioned the syrian dictatorship bars reporters from the war zone. but our clarissa ward was able to spend a week with the rebels in the northwest
city-- and tonight she tells the story of a group of medics right on the front line. >> reporter: driving an ambulance seized from the syrian government, a small group of volunteers is on a dangerous mission, speeding past syrian military positions to reach wounded rebel fighters. we can't show you their faces for fear that the government will punish their families. they call themselves the medical battalion. but even the most senior member of the team who goes by the name shamil isn't a doctor. he was about to graduate from medical school when he was arrested by the government for his support of the opposition. but in syria now, an almost doctor is better than no doctor at all. >> if we didn't help the people, who can help. this is our job, my job. so i must help people. >> reporter: the volunteers have set up a string of makeshift clinics and crucially a communication network. >> so you have given radios
to all these different towns. they call you when they have a problem. >> yes. >> reporter: and then you go. >> yes. we go there. like-- . >> reporter: when fierce fighting broke out in that town two weeks ago, the members of the medical battalion carried out as many of the wounded as they could. many were children caught in the crossfire. there was only so of the medics could do. one man trained as a veterinarian before joining the volunteer medics. he said the sights and sounds of war have dried his tears. so you no longer feel emotionalment you no longer feel the urge to cry. >> if i think about the situation, my country, my people, you can't stop crying. we have to cry. we try, we try but we can't. >> reporter: so they don't stop. on this day the mission was to deliver these emergency
medical kits to rebel fighters in the area. we used back roads and stopped when locals warned us the syrian government tanks were blocking the way ahead. the team took shelter in a local home and prayed. it was night before we were able to try to sneak through. the team turned off the headlights as we raced past the syrian army's check point. thanks be to god, they said, when they were back in the relative safety of rebel held territory. they're building makeshift clinics as fast as they can smuggle supplies across the border with turkey but there is one shortage that they can't overcome. >> you need-- especially -- >> why can't you find more doctors. >> frankly, lots of doctors are scared. >> reporter: for now the best they can do is to spend a few minutes teaching first aid before getting back on the dangerous road to the next village. in the midst of a vicious
civil war this lone ambulance suffers people some hope for a better future. >> clarissa has now returned from syria and joins us from our bureau in london. clarissa couldn't help but notice a lot of civilians were being treated by these rebel medics. >> reporter: that's right, scott, that's one of the major challenges they face. they're not just looking to treat wounded rebel fighters, they're looking to provide an almost alternative health-care system for all civilians who are living in rebel-held territory and who do not have access to government-run hospitals. >> pelley: clarissa ward just back from syria, thanks very much. >> a record blackout leaves 360 million people in the dark. farmers wage a new battle for survival against the drought. and a dust storm in the suite west when the cbs evening news continues. [ male announcer ] every day, thousands of people are choosing advil® for their headaches.
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>> so tell me what the forecast is for today? >> the forecast for today is essentially the same forecast we've had for most of the last three months. roughly about 90 degrees, sunny with about a 20% chance of rain. it's just that 20% chance of rain is never materialized. >> reporter: david hardin's family has been farming in central indiana since john quincy adams was president. >> reporter: how close are you to just writing off this crop? >> there are large areas in our fields that will yield essentially nothing. >> reporter: in a normal year he raises more than enough corn to feed his 12,000 hogs. >> we're actually having to go out and buy corn on the open market to feed our hogs through the next year. >> reporter: he says it's not just the weather that's squeezing him, 40% of the national corn harvest last year went to ethanol production under the federal government's renewable fuel
standard, requiring petroleum companies to buy a minimum amount of ethanol to blend into gasoline supply. david hardin along with many of his neighbors wants the government to waive the requirement during this drought so he can compete fairly with the supply he needs instead of paying sky-high prices for what little is left. the ethanol industry opposes any changes and sayings its consumption of corn is down nearly 14% in the last six weeks. >> well, you plan for the worst and hope for the best is this the worst? >> this is the worst i have ever seen in my life and i hope it stays the worst that i have ever experienced. >> now experts on the ethanol market say a federal waiver this year is highly unlikely, scott, but if the drought persists into next year it will only intensify the battle between the ethanol industry that helps to power our cars and the livestock farmers who produce the meat we eat. >> and tlses's no letup in
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american revolution. well, tonight anthony mason tells us there are plans to right that wrong with a museum to be built with public and private funds in the city where america was born. >> well, if you come down here. >> reporter: in a secret location in the suburbs of philadelphia, scott stephenson has been cataloging artifacts from the revolutionary war. >> this is a british muss ket. >> reporter: a muss ket used in the battle of lexington and concord. the first action in the war of independence. >> it would have had a strap. >> reporter: a soldier's canteen, one of only three known to have survived. >> this is as u. states. if you think about it, at this point, the united states is still just an idea. >> reporter: for years the 3,000 items in this collection have been looking for a permanent home. by 2015, they'll finally have one. when the museum of the american revolution opens in philadelphia, near independence hall. amazingly t will be the first national museum to tell the entire story of the
american revolution. >> it's been a long time coming but i'm glad it's here. >> brown university professor gordon wood say scholar of the revolution. >> there have been museums for almost every conceivable event in american history or person in american history but not for the american revolution. which is extraordinary when you think of the revolution as the most important event in our history. >> the museum's collection will include this letter written in washington's own hand celebrating the french joining the cause. it was donated just this month. >> that's a pretty exciting. >> that's a nice thing to have. >> reporter: and this document. >> stht original. >> this is the original. >> this is original. >> printed in the spring of 1775. >> reporter: an enlistment form for recruit cutes to an uprising. >> then enlist ourselves in soldier for the massachusetts service for the preservations of the liberty of america. this is the beginning of the army. >> this is it. >> reporter: the carvings on a soldier's powderhorn show the stakes were high.
>> kill or be killed. >> and. >> liberty or death. >> reporter: is this the prize of the collection, really. >> it would be lard to top this one, that's for sure. >> reporter: the 20 foot piece of canvas was general washington's home during the war. >> this is his actual tent. >> this is it. the roof under which he spent at least half of the american revolution. personally i think it's chilling to think about the emotions or self underneath this canvas. >> reporter: washington's victories lead to the birth of a nation. >> to be an american is to not be somebody but to believe in something. and the things we believe in came out of that revolution. >> reporter: the story is written in this collection. artifacts from an act of defines that would literally change the world. anthony mason, cbs news, philadelphia. >> pelley: and that is the "cbs evening news" for tonight. for all of us at cbs news all around the world, good night. captioning sponsored by cbs captioned by
media this is 9news now. >> 24 counts of murder and 116 counts of attempted murder. those are the charges against the man accused of opening fire inside a sold out movie theater in aurora, colorado, just a week and a half ago. james holmes sat silently in court this morning. the room packed with some of the victims and some still recovering from their wounds and family members of those who did not survive. >> we are not going to back down from this individual and we are not going to let his fear take over our lives and stand up against him. >> it is very important to see him, and there was a lot of anger. >> that was mary ellen and her niece, ashley moser, was paralyzed. she lost a baby she was carrying over the weekend. a member of th